Air Mobility Command’s enlisted airmen honored their commander, Gen. Arthur Lichte, on Aug. 14 by inducting him into the Order of the Sword, the highest honor of the enlisted corps, during a ceremony at Scott AFB, Ill., AMC’s headquarters. “I cannot think of a leader more deserving of this recognition,” said AMC Command CMSgt. Joe Barron, adding that the enlisted force considers Lichte a “leader among leaders and an airman among airmen.” Lichte, who is retiring later this year, said in his remarks, “There is no doubt about it, you—our enlisted force—are the greatest asymmetrical advantage we could possibly have.” He added, “You are fantastic people.” (Scott report by Capt. Bob Everdeen)
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."